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Verdi's dramatic and tuneful favorite Il Trovatore kicks off the new season of THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met Friday, January 22 at 9 p.m. on PBS, and repeated Sunday, January 24 at 12 p.m. (Check local listings.)
Anna Netrebko appears in her highly anticipated Met role debut as Leonora, the tortured heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the Gypsy troubadour. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Count di Luna, Yonghoon Lee is Manrico, Dolora Zajick sings her signature role of the Gypsy Azucena, and Štefan Kocán is Ferrando. Marco
Armiliato conducts Sir David
McVicar's Goya-inspired production.
When the production debuted earlier this season, The New York Times observed, "Ms. Netrebko sounded wonderful, singing with plush, penetrating sound and affecting character."
The Financial Times wrote about the dramatic circumstances behind the scenes. "The performance on Friday was dominated, triumphantly, by Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 52, who returned to the romantically evil, nobly melodic stances of il Conte di Luna. Back in June, he announced that he had suffered a brain tumor and would undergo treatment in London. Yet here he was…looking vital, singing heroically and acting with unexpected degrees of expressive intensity. When he made his entrance, the house erupted. Even the conductor applauded. The baritone beamed, clutched his heart and took a bow. Three hours later, at his curtain call, the orchestra showered him with white roses."
Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham hosts the broadcast.
Il Trovatore was originally seen live in movie theaters on October 3, 2015 as part of the groundbreaking The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits live performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters and performing arts centers in over 70 countries around the world. The Live in HD series has reached a record-breaking 18 million viewers since its inception in 2006.
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Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers, America's luxury home builder. Special funding for the production was provided by Robert and Beverly Bartner. Major funding for the Met Opera presentation is provided by the National
Endowment for the Arts. This Great Performances presentation is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, The Agnes
Varis Trust, and public television viewers.
For the Met, Gary Halvorson directs the telecast. Jay David
Saks is Music
Producer. Mia Bongiovanni and Elena Park are Supervising Producers, and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria
Warivonchik are Producers. Peter
Gelb is Executive Producer. For Great Performances, Bill O'Donnell is Series Producer; David
Horn is Executive Producer.
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About the Met
Under the leadership of General Manager Peter
Gelb and Music Director James
Levine, the Met has a series of bold initiatives underway that are designed to broaden its audience and revitalize the company's repertory. The Met's 2015-16 season features six new productions shown Live in HD, including Verdi's Otello, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and directed by Bartlett Sher; Berg's Lulu, conducted by Lothar Koenigs and directed by acclaimed visual artist William
Kentridge; Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl
Fishers), conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Penny Woolcock; Puccini's Manon Lescaut, conducted by Met Principal Conductor Fabio
Luisi and directed by Sir Richard Eyre; Donizetti's Roberto Devereux, conducted by Maurizio Benini and directed by Sir David
McVicar; and Strauss's Elektra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Patrice
Building on its 85-year-old radio broadcast history—heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio
Network—the Met uses advanced media distribution platforms and state-of-the-art technology to reach audiences around the world. The Met: Live in HD, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series of live performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world, celebrates its tenth season in 2015-16 with ten live transmissions. Met Opera on Demand, a subscription service, makes selections from the company's extensive video and audio catalog of full-length performances available to the public online in exceptional, state-of-the-art quality. Metropolitan Opera Radio
XM broadcasts live performances from the Met stage three times a week during the opera season and the Met offers free live audio streaming of performances on its website once a week during the opera season.